Citizens [who have been diagnosed or treated for one (1) or more of the 12 first chronic health conditions in the questionnaire] who take 6 or more different prescription medications on a regular basis

Table

Unit %

Year 2020 Year 2017 Year 2014 Year 2011
Province
New Brunswick
17.6
16.8 - 18.4
16.4
15.8 - 17.0
15.2
14.6 - 15.8
12.4
11.9 - 13.0
Health zones
Zone 1 - Moncton and South-East Area
14.8
13.4 - 16.3
15.4
14.2 - 16.5
13.9
12.7 - 15.1
11.7
10.6 - 12.8
Zone 2 - Fundy Shore and Saint John Area
17.0
15.3 - 18.7
16.2
14.9 - 17.5
12.4
11.3 - 13.5
11.3
10.2 - 12.4
Zone 3 - Fredericton and River Valley Area
16.8
15.3 - 18.2
15.4
14.1 - 16.7
15.0
13.8 - 16.2
13.1
11.9 - 14.3
Zone 4 - Madawaska and North-West Area
22.7
19.7 - 25.7
19.3
17.1 - 21.6
18.7
16.1 - 21.2
16.1
14.0 - 18.3
Zone 5 - Restigouche Area
24.6
20.9 - 28.3
22.1
18.9 - 25.3
24.0
19.9 - 28.1
16.2
13.4 - 19.0
Zone 6 - Bathurst and Acadian Peninsula Area
21.4
19.0 - 23.7
19.6
17.5 - 21.7
19.3
16.9 - 21.6
12.6
11.0 - 14.2
Zone 7 - Miramichi Area
17.8
14.3 - 21.3
13.4
11.0 - 15.8
15.8
12.6 - 18.9
10.7
8.8 - 12.5
Communities
Bathurst, Beresford, Petit-Rocher Area
21.5
17.2 - 25.8
17.6
14.5 - 20.7
17.1
13.4 - 20.8
11.7
9.1 - 14.2
Bouctouche, Richibucto, Saint-Antoine Area
15.2
12.0 - 18.4
14.6
11.5 - 17.7
15.0
11.7 - 18.2
14.0
10.9 - 17.0
Campbellton, Atholville, Tide Head Area
27.4
21.8 - 33.0
28.8
24.0 - 33.6
22.1
16.7 - 27.6
17.1
12.6 - 21.6
Caraquet, Paquetville, Bertrand Area
17.3
12.6 - 22.0
17.0
12.4 - 21.6
20.3
15.0 - 25.6
11.3
7.9 - 14.7
Dalhousie, Balmoral, Belledune Area
21.8
16.9 - 26.6
16.1
12.0 - 20.3
25.7
19.6 - 31.7
15.5
11.9 - 19.0
Dieppe and Memramcook
13.1
9.5 - 16.7
15.1
12.0 - 18.3
9.9
6.3 - 13.5
7.6
4.1 - 11.1
Douglas, Saint Marys, Doaktown Area
16.2
11.6 - 20.8
16.3
12.1 - 20.4
12.5
8.6 - 16.4
12.5
9.0 - 16.1
Edmundston, Rivière-Verte, Lac Baker Area
22.3
18.0 - 26.6
19.5
16.4 - 22.6
18.8
15.6 - 22.0
17.4
14.3 - 20.5
Florenceville-Bristol, Woodstock, Wakefield Area
18.1
14.2 - 22.0
15.2
11.7 - 18.8
17.4
14.7 - 20.2
12.5
9.8 - 15.1
Fredericton
14.5
11.4 - 17.6
12.9
10.3 - 15.5
15.3
12.4 - 18.3
15.9
12.7 - 19.0
Grand Bay-Westfield, Westfield, Greenwich Area
18.2
12.8 - 23.6
15.8
11.2 - 20.3
8.9
5.5 - 12.3
11.9
7.7 - 16.0
Grand Falls, Saint-Léonard, Drummond Area
20.8
16.1 - 25.5
18.9
15.0 - 22.9
18.3
13.7 - 22.8
17.0
12.9 - 21.0
Hillsborough, Riverside-Albert, Alma Area
18.9
11.9 - 26.0
12.8
7.5 - 18.1
19.8
13.6 - 26.1
11.6
7.0 - 16.3
Kedgwick, Saint-Quentin and Grimmer
31.2
22.5 - 40.0
20.0
13.3 - 26.6
19.0
9.4 - 28.6
7.6
3.8 - 11.3
Minto, Chipman, Cambridge-Narrows Area
21.2
15.4 - 27.1
23.3
18.3 - 28.3
19.6
15.6 - 23.6
13.0
9.3 - 16.7
Miramichi, Rogersville, Blackville Area
18.0
14.0 - 22.0
13.6
10.9 - 16.3
15.9
12.4 - 19.4
10.5
8.5 - 12.6
Moncton
13.6
10.5 - 16.8
15.7
13.4 - 18.0
14.9
12.6 - 17.2
12.7
10.6 - 14.9
Nackawic, McAdam, Canterbury Area
15.4
10.9 - 19.9
17.7
13.6 - 21.9
14.3
11.0 - 17.7
10.2
6.9 - 13.5
Neguac, Alnwick, Esgenoopetitj Area
16.5
9.5 - 23.5
12.1
7.0 - 17.3
15.1
7.7 - 22.5
11.4
7.2 - 15.6
New Maryland, Kingsclear, Lincoln Area
13.9
10.3 - 17.5
10.0
7.0 - 13.0
12.0
8.9 - 15.2
10.4
7.5 - 13.4
Oromocto, Gagetown, Fredericton Junction Area
17.9
13.8 - 22.0
21.6
17.6 - 25.7
13.8
10.6 - 16.9
11.6
8.2 - 15.1
Perth-Andover, Plaster Rock, Tobique Area
25.6
19.5 - 31.8
19.9
15.0 - 24.7
15.8
11.6 - 20.1
18.3
13.5 - 23.0
Quispamsis, Rothesay, Hampton Area
13.4
9.9 - 16.9
14.1
11.3 - 16.8
9.7
7.3 - 12.1
9.2
6.9 - 11.4
Riverview and Coverdale
16.3
12.4 - 20.1
12.2
9.4 - 15.0
12.4
9.1 - 15.7
10.9
7.6 - 14.1
Sackville, Dorchester, Port Elgin Area
15.5
10.9 - 20.1
18.8
14.8 - 22.9
18.8
14.0 - 23.7
10.6
6.6 - 14.5
Saint John, Simonds and Musquash
18.2
14.8 - 21.7
17.5
15.0 - 20.0
12.3
10.5 - 14.1
11.9
10.2 - 13.7
Salisbury and Petitcodiac
21.7
15.0 - 28.5
11.8
6.5 - 17.1
16.2
11.3 - 21.1
14.9
9.8 - 19.9
Shediac, Beaubassin East and Cap-Pelé
15.6
11.0 - 20.3
17.6
14.4 - 20.7
11.9
9.4 - 14.4
10.3
7.8 - 12.7
Shippagan, Lamèque, Inkerman Area
23.6
18.1 - 29.1
23.1
17.9 - 28.3
23.7
17.8 - 29.5
11.6
8.4 - 14.9
St. George, Grand Manan, Blacks Harbour Area
16.3
11.8 - 20.8
14.7
10.8 - 18.7
18.7
15.0 - 22.4
12.9
9.8 - 16.0
St. Stephen, Saint Andrews, Campobello Island Area
19.7
15.2 - 24.1
17.2
13.0 - 21.4
14.7
11.0 - 18.4
10.5
7.1 - 14.0
Sussex, Norton, Sussex Corner Area
16.4
12.3 - 20.5
15.2
12.1 - 18.3
12.8
10.0 - 15.7
11.8
8.9 - 14.7
Tracadie and Saint-Isidore
22.7
18.0 - 27.3
22.6
17.9 - 27.2
18.9
13.9 - 24.0
17.3
13.3 - 21.3
Age
18-64
12.4
11.5 - 13.4
12.0
11.3 - 12.7
11.8
11.1 - 12.5
8.9
8.4 - 9.5
65 and over
26.6
25.3 - 27.9
25.2
24.1 - 26.4
24.3
23.2 - 25.5
22.7
21.4 - 23.9
Sex at birth
Female
17.6
16.6 - 18.5
16.3
15.5 - 17.1
15.4
14.6 - 16.1
12.8
12.1 - 13.5
Male
17.1
15.8 - 18.4
16.5
15.5 - 17.6
15.1
14.0 - 16.1
12.0
11.1 - 12.9
Sexual orientation
Sexual minority people
16.8
12.7 - 20.9
n/a
n/a
n/a
Heterosexual people
17.3
16.5 - 18.1
n/a
n/a
n/a
Language
Preferred language of service: English
16.8
15.9 - 17.7
15.9
15.1 - 16.6
14.8
14.1 - 15.5
13.0
12.4 - 13.7
Preferred language of service: French
19.6
18.0 - 21.1
18.1
16.8 - 19.4
15.9
14.5 - 17.3
12.0
10.9 - 13.1
Indigenous identity
Indigenous
19.9
14.8 - 24.9
23.2
19.6 - 26.8
19.0
14.9 - 23.0
13.5
10.0 - 17.0
Non-Indigenous
17.4
16.6 - 18.2
16.0
15.4 - 16.7
15.1
14.5 - 15.7
12.4
11.8 - 12.9
Immigrant
Immigrants
10.9
8.1 - 13.7
14.1
11.1 - 17.1
n/a
n/a
Non-immigrants
17.4
16.7 - 18.2
16.5
15.8 - 17.1
n/a
n/a
Education level
High school or less
21.0
19.7 - 22.2
21.0
19.9 - 22.0
19.1
18.1 - 20.1
16.1
15.2 - 16.9
Postsecondary
14.9
13.9 - 15.8
12.7
11.9 - 13.4
12.3
11.6 - 13.1
9.2
8.6 - 9.9
Household income
Less than $25,000
28.1
26.1 - 30.1
27.0
25.4 - 28.6
25.5
24.0 - 27.0
20.8
19.4 - 22.1
$25,000 to less than $60,000
18.5
17.2 - 19.7
16.5
15.5 - 17.5
15.8
14.8 - 16.8
12.3
11.4 - 13.1
$60,000 or more
11.2
10.1 - 12.3
9.7
8.8 - 10.5
8.1
7.3 - 9.0
6.7
5.9 - 7.4
Persons with a disability
With disability
33.2
31.6 - 34.8
33.2
31.9 - 34.6
32.3
31.0 - 33.7
n/a
Without disability
9.0
8.2 - 9.7
8.0
7.4 - 8.5
7.0
6.5 - 7.5
n/a
n/a = Not applicable / not available
S = Data was suppressed due to low respondent counts

About

This indicator is the percentage of citizens [who have been diagnosed or treated for one (1) or more of the 12 first chronic health conditions in the questionnaire] who take 6 or more different prescription medications on a regular basis.

Source

New Brunswick Health Council, Primary Health Survey

Calculations

This indicator is based on respondents who have one (1) or more of the following chronic health conditions: arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, Emphysema or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cancer, diabetes, depression, A mood disorder other than depression, such as bipolar disorder, mania, manic depression, or dysthymia, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure or hypertension or gastric reflux (GERD) . This indicator is calculated by dividing the number of respondents who answered "6 to 8 or more than 8" by the number of respondents who answered "0, 1, 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8 or more than 8" to the question: How many different prescription medications are you taking on a regular or ongoing basis?

Notes

The 2020 edition of the Primary Health Survey (PHS) was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic did not influence the survey’s response rate, NBHC had to assess the impact of surveying during the pandemic. Accordingly, advanced statistical analyses were performed to allow for comparison between the results obtained in 2020 and those obtained in previous PHS cycles. Despite these analyses, users are advised to use the PHS 2020 data with caution, especially when creating estimates for small sub-populations or when comparing it to other PHS editions.

Unit

%

Interpretation

Lower is better

NBHC code

PH_MED01_2